OAKWOOD — While Girl Scout troops gear up for the new school year, a troop in Oakwood is still reliving its summer success.
State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka saluted Girl Scouts from Oakwood Troop 2885, and applauded their contribution to Operation Smile.
The recognition took place as part of the comptroller’s “Scout Day” at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Topinka presented scouts from throughout the state with proclamations celebrating their achievements and continuing dedication.
Troop 2885 was honored for providing dolls for Operation Smile. Each member made a doll for the organization, which provides reconstructive surgery to children all over the world. The dolls are provided to children to help them cope with the stress of the procedure.
The girls of Troop 2885 also have been involved in other activities, such as providing blankets to the residents of Colonial Manor and birthday bags for the Oakwood Food Pantry.
“It is wonderful to have these young women volunteer their time and give back to the Danville community,” Topinka said in a news release. “Troop 2885 assists in developing values to guide these young women through life, and I thank the many adults who work so hard to cultivate our future generations.”
Troop leader Joyce Treadway said only a few of the troop’s 22 members were able to attend the recognition event.
“They enjoyed it,” she said of the girls. “They were very proud.”
Treadway has been a troop leader for more than 35 years, with three generations going through the ranks. Treadway started the Oakwood troop about seven years ago and her assistants have been with her six years.
The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is winding down its annual membership drive. In Danville, girls may register from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Village Mall. It’s sponsored by Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s HALO project.
Girl Scouts is open to girls in kindergarten (must be at least 5 years old) through senior in high school. Membership forms for both girls and adults, volunteer applications for adults and more information on Girl Scouts and volunteering for Girl Scouts will be available.
Registration fee is $15, which covers membership in the troop for the entire year.
At registration, girls will be assigned to one of about 20 troops in the county. If there is no troop at a particular school, parents will be encouraged to lead a troop, along with a co-leader.
“We always need volunteers,” said Lindsey Kamm, membership specialist with the Girl Scouts office in Champaign.
The ranks are: daisies (kindergarten and first grade), brownie (second and third grades), juniors (fourth and fifth), cadet (sixth through sophomore in high school) and ambassadors (junior and seniors in high school).
Founded in 1912, girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, character, and provides the foundation for sound decision-making. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts in America.